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Shopping List for The Bigger, Better $20 Menu

March 21, 2008



Here’s the shopping list to go along with this week’s menu. We still have a good bit in our pantry that was stocked while on this same budget; but I wanted to put together a menu/list that could be used by others trying to stay within a similar budget.

Shopping List By Store

Dollar Store*
2 Packages of egg noodles: 2/$1.00

Salad: $.99 (Produce Manager’s special; can be found most weekdays)
16 oz. Daisy sour cream $1.09 – $.50 off coupon from 3/16 (doubled) = $.09

1 lb baby carrots: $.88
4 lb oranges $2.00
Bananas: $1/3lb.=$1.00

Crackers: $.77
Celery: $.88
Onion: $.58/lb.=$.39

8 oz. Block Kraft Cheese = $2.00

Honey Bunches of Oats: $2.26 – this coupon = $.26
Frozen white sweet corn: $.98
5 lb bag red potatoes: $1.98

1 lb. Ground turkey: $.99
Taco seasoning: $.29
Tortilla chips: $.99
Salsa: $1.49
Wild rice: $1.89

Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup: $.47
Whole Chicken: .69/lb*4.02lbs=$2.82

Entenmann’s Bakery
Bread: $.99

Total Cost for all items on this menu = $23.15
Items in green are not needed for this week’s menu.**
Items listed in blue are things I already had on hand. My total cost was: $13.48 +
items in green = $14.75. (We used a Wal*Mart gift card and our total cost comes to $11.53.

*We’ve found that if you have a dollar store where everything is actually $1, you can often find some nice deals on groceries and more!

If you are reviewing this list for this $23.15 plan, you’ll see that you probably already have some of these items on hand. In addition, many of the items can be used again in weeks to come. **We prefer frozen, but you could also substitute canned vegetables to bring the cost down even further. Of course, you may not have the same stores/deals going. And it goes without saying…it’s highly likely that I’ve made mistakes on this. Please feel free to make corrections!  With some couponing, browsing, and looking at Money Saving Mom for online coupons, you can most likely do even better!


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    Once again Keren, Thank you! I am getting a little better each week, and I am learning what it means to be that virtuous woman who brings her food from afar. 🙂 I never really realized that it could have quite literal applications in our 21st century. 🙂 Just wondering – do you notice a difference with the ground turkey from Aldi? We haven’t tried it yet, but it is SO MUCH cheaper than anywhere else.

  • Kate March 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Wow! I am so impressed. I wish I had more options for grocery shopping that were closer. With gas prices the way they are, it doesn’t all make sense to drive 45 minutes to Aldi or 30 minutes to Wal-Mart, unfortunately. Great job though. You have encouraged me to look at other options. We do have a $1 store close by. I never thought to look there.

  • Lyn March 21, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    You’ve done a great job and should be proud. I’m impressed! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mindi March 21, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Wow! This is impressive. Do you all eat any snacks? II didn’t see any snack foods or desserts in this list. Also, do you spend $20 EVERY week? or is this just every now and then? Thanks for posting! This is very inspirational!

  • Christie March 23, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Wow, this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m going to have to put some of this info to good use!

  • Lydia March 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I just thought I would mention that you may want to check you local wal-mart for fresh leg quarters. We get a ten pound bag of them at ours for only $0.49/lb.

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    This has definitely inspired me to shop around a little, though I’m known for sticking to one store and NOT driving all around town. Honestly, though, I live where there are some very good deal stores within 5 to 10 minutes drive time, so I can’t complain. So, I have my assignment for this week! Check out the 99 cent store to see what I could be purchasing for my menu.

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    Those are awesome deals!!